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William Clarence "Willie" White
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Birth: Aug. 29, 1854
Monroe County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1937
Battle Creek
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA

Obituary from the Pacific Union Recorder, Sept. 1937

Elder W. C. White

William Clarence White, son of James and

home letter from his pen. When at home he delighted to be with his children, and later with his grandchildren, joining in their work or study.

His work is done. Release from the increas- ing infirmities of age came without a long ill- ness or suffering. One more aged warrior is added to those of whom it is written: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth." His life is hid with Christ in God, and when He who is our life shall appear, then, as we have every reason to believe, shall he also appear with his Saviour.

Funeral services were held at Pacific Union College, and at Battle Creek, Michigan. Burial was in the family plot at Battle Creek.

He was baptized by his father a few weeks before his thirteenth birthday. His Christian experience entered upon thus early was one of growth and advancement. His early home life had taught him the habit of usefulness, and he was more and more a helper to his father. His first work in the employment of the denomination was in 1875, in connection with the publication of the Signs of the Times. Of this first work his father wrote: "He cheer- fully took the forms and bundles of papers several blocks to and from another office on a wheelbarrow, and labors in other humble po- sitions for less than one dollar a day." This was but the beginning; his service in the cause continued unbroken to the end of his life.

In 1876 he was married to Mary Kelsey. Two daughters were born to them, Ella May and Mabel Eunice. In 1890 the family met with the loss of the wife and mother.

After the death of Elder James White in 1881, Ellen White depended more and more upon her son William. He had filled various offices in many lines of work, and in 1884 he was ordained to the gospel ministry. In that same year he was made a member of the executive committee of the General Confer- ence. He continued as a member of that com- mittee through the forty-three years until his death.

In 1895 Elder White was united in marriage to May Lacey, in Tasmania. This made pos- sible the reestablishment of a home, and the two little daughters could once more be with their father. To this union were born five children, twin brothers, Henry and Herbert, a daughter, Grace, and two more sons, Arthur and Francis. There are sixteen grandchildren.

During the years that his mother lived, Elder White spent much of his time in as- sociation with her, traveling with her, and supervising the publication of her writings. After her death he continued the work of publication begun during her lifetime, and en- deavored to carry out her desire that the pub- lications be issued not only in English but in many languages.

Aside from the work in connection with the Ellen G. White Estate, Elder White was a member of many important boards and com- mittees. He was the first president of the board of Healdsburg College, established in 1882, he was among those who worked un- tiringly for the success of our early medical work in the Pacific Union Conference, he was a member of the board of the College of Med- ical Evangelists in its early struggling days. For a number of years he was a member of the Pacific Union Conference Committee, and had served on the board of Pacific Union College and of the St. Helena Sanitarium for many years. In addition to these activities on the Pacific Coast, his interests and labors were wide and varied.

Elder White's many activities necessitated frequent absences from his family. During these trips scarcely a day passed without a

Family links: 
  James Springer White (1821 - 1881)
  Ellen Gould Harmon White (1827 - 1915)
  Mary E Kelsey White (1857 - 1890)
  Ethel May Lacey Currow (1873 - 1969)
  James Henry White (1896 - 1954)*
  Evelyn Grace White Jacques (1901 - 1995)*
  Arthur Lacey White (1907 - 1991)*
  Francis Edward White (1913 - 1992)*
  Henry Nichols White (1847 - 1863)*
  James Edson White (1849 - 1928)*
  William Clarence White (1854 - 1937)
  John Herbert White (1860 - 1860)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Burial Date is listed.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Battle Creek
Calhoun County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Lot 320, Rt 7
Created by: Debra Stanley
Record added: Aug 13, 2006
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William Clarence Willie White
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William Clarence Willie White
Added by: Keith Burkhead
William Clarence Willie White
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